For 70 years, the FNSEA was the most important, and perhaps even the only, syndicate for French farmers. Since the beginning of the 1990s, two dissident organizations have been vying to bring another voice: they are the Confédération Paysanne and the Coordination Rurale, respectively the third and second representatives. (Article in French)
On January 19, 2016, the Conference on Agriculture and Food was held in Saint-Denis. At the event, the Confédération Paysanne, together with twenty citizen organizations, presented 13 grievances. (Article in French)
Just as Manuel Valls is calling on “everyone to assume responsibility,” geographer Gilles Fumey and philosopher Olivier Assouly have written an op-ed in the Libération suggesting that the FNSEA should be put on trial.
After meeting at the Élysée on Monday, the FNSEA has promised to assemble a thousand tractors in Paris on September 3rd in order to get the government to “extend” the emergency plan, announced in July, to resolve the livestock farming crisis. (Article in French)
This afternoon, the majority of the agricultural unions were invited to meet with Stéphane Le Foll at the Ministry of Agriculture. (Article in French)